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Thursday, 17 April 2014

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Clean up underway after floods across west Cumbria

A mopping up operation is underway today after torrential rain caused chaos across west Cumbria.

Motorists were advised to avoid Whitehaven town centre due to flooding and road closures yesterday, train services were halted because of a landslip and schools closed early.

Due to a landslip near Nethertown, Northern Rail services between Sellafield and Whitehaven have been disrupted. Buses are operating between Sellafield and Whitehaven in both directions until further notice.

Main Road at Seaton, near Workington, which was last night closed due to flooding near the village's academy school is open again.

The infants section of St Patrick's School, Cleator Moor, is closed today after the heavy rain resulted in part of a ceiling falling down in an empty classroom.

The weather had affected internal guttering which resulted in plastering coming away from the ceiling.

It was hoped, following a check by electricians, that the junior side of the school would be able to open today.

Emma-Jane Taylor and her 16-year-old daughter Katy, who has Downs Syndrome, are living in a caravan in their garden after rain flooded the ground floor of their St Bees home earlier this year.

They were flooded again yesterday, delaying the time they can get back into their house.

Here is a link to a video that Emma-Jane took of yesterday's flood.

An Environment Agency flood alert - the lowest level of warning which indicates flooding is possible - is in place for coastal areas from Gretna down to Silloth.

Yesterday's problems were caused by a mix of high tides and heavy rain. About half an inch of rain fell in just one hour at St Bees.

There were reports of localised flooding caused by heavy rainfall and late in the afternoon, police said many roads in north Copeland were only passable with care.

Police advised people to take care when walking through flood water due to manhole covers becoming lose and uplifted.

Affected areas included Sands Close, Moresby Road, Keekle Terrace, Coach Road, Mirehouse, Swallow Brow in Distington, Moresby Parks, Orgill Road in Egremont, Croadalla Avenue, Egremont, where two houses were evacuated, Middletown, Waberthwaite, Main Street in St Bees and Gilgarran.

Multiple agencies were working to assess the floods and any damage caused.

A flood alert issued for the rivers Ehen, Calder, Irt and Esk has been lifted.

The downpour was so severe that a number of streets in Whitehaven town centre - Market Street, Tangier Street, Roper Street, Lowther Street and Coach Road - were either flooded or temporarily closed by police for safety reasons. No evacuations took place.

The road between Keekle and Summergrove, Whitehaven, was closed and Montreal Primary School at Cleator Moor and St Begh's Whitehaven, both closed early due to the conditions.

Firefighters with pumping equipment were called to Whitehaven’s Anchor Vaults pub in the Market Place. Flooding was also reported at St Bees and on the A5093 Millom.

Earlier in the day, a flood risk warning had been issued to residents and businesses in coastal areas.

The Environment Agency warning extended from Gretna to Silloth. There was also a less severe flood alert from Silloth down to Millom.

The areas under most threat included properties at Mossband Hall Marsh, Silloth, Burgh Marsh, Port Carlisle, Wampool Estuary, Skinburness Marsh and Rockcliffe.

The Environment Agency said that the high tide, in combination with south westerly winds, may cause flooding.

Have your say

i have been flooded a number of times and getting totally fed up with it. Our problem is the local beck, the pipe work for it is all different sizes and the drains join up to the beck. When we have had these heavy rains the beck has filled really quick, the drains couldnt cope and back up and we get flooded. As usual and like most other things there is no funding for it, so it is us as householders that have to pay. I own my own home and have had very little help etc, but for the sake of my kids we are trying to find different ways to stop the water from getting into my house. I know it is gonna take a few years before something is eventually done, but do think the council should help support us to prevent the flooding till the appropriate funding is available.

Posted by Sal on 24 October 2012 at 14:04

Hate to disappoint you all, but the only factor to blame is mother nature - too much rain simply fell down in too little time! And then it surged downwards - nothing to do with the drains, there was nothing that could be done. I know it must be awful to be flooded but in these cases there is no singular human to blame I'm afraid.

Posted by Marra on 23 October 2012 at 16:06

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